The Glass Forge of Grants Pass creates a wide range of glass art ranging from the sublime to the wacky. I loved the tree like pattern in the left bowl.
How can you not fall for a blue fish with red lips. While the artists of the Glass Forge produce much traditional glass art, they also have a wonderful sense of humor.
It’s Friday, so this is my day to produce a photographic essay for my blog. My choice for today is the Glass Forge in Grants Pass, Oregon. Peggy and I visited the studio on one of our Wednesday Date Days in November. (We’ve been having Wednesday Date Days for 27 years!) When we arrived the staff was working on glass art for the Lodge at Yosemite.
One of the neat things about the Glass Forge is that you are encouraged to watch the artists at work. In this photo, Lee Wassink, founder of the Glass Forge, demonstrates the creation of a vase.
Groups and individuals have an opportunity to attend a workshop and create simple glass work of their own, such as these Christmas ornaments.
The studio provides an opportunity to peruse the wide variety of glass art available, such as this vase. As I posted this photo I notice a slight reflection of myself, a selfie.
I always like looking down into glass art for a different perspective, as in this vase…
And this bowl. I am amazed at the patterns, variety and beauty created.
I really like weird and wacky. These mugs certainly qualify!
And here’s another fish.
This collection of bowls demonstrated the variety available.
One of several tall, graceful vases.
Someday, I am going to return to the Glass Forge to find out how these paper weights are created.
We were able to watch a vase being made. The furnaces used to melt the glass are over 2000 degrees F (1100 degrees C).
A bubble is blown into the glass. Layers are added by returning to the furnace for more glass. The larger the piece, the more returns.
These bins hold colored glass that will be added to the various pieces.
The following series of photos follow the artists as they work together to finish a vase:
Check out the gorgeous color!
A bottom is added.
The finished product.
If you are driving up or down Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon or live in the area, I highly recommend stopping off at the Glass Forge in Grants Pass.
I’ll conclude my Friday photographic essay today with this marvelous glass genie.
MONDAY’S BLOG: We will return to the Oregon Coast and visit the scenic Sunset Bay.
WEDNESDAY’S BLOG: Part 2 of my Sierra Trek series. I have to persuade a reluctant Board of Directors (“You want to do what?”), decide on a name, hire Steve, and determine our route.
FRIDAY’s BLOG: California mountain wildflowers.